ANTIGUA: Browne Announces Curfew, Bans Social Gatherings

(ANTIGUA NEWSROOM) – Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced a national curfew which he says will be “strictly enforced.”

The curfew hours are between 8 p.m – 6 a.m for a period on two weeks starting tomorrow.

In an address to the nation today, Browne announced that all non-essential services including bars, nightclubs and restaurants should be closed from tomorrow.

All social gatherings are also banned.

Browne said the additional measures became necessary after residents failed to adhere to voluntary quarantine and social distancing.

Browne warns that failure to comply will result in either a $5000 fine or 6 months imprisonment.

He said there was anecdotal evidence of community spread but that Antigua will be guided by the science.

The prime minister also clarified his statement yesterday that there were seven confirmed cases. He said while it is true that there are four new cases, one of the earlier cases was a re-test bringing the number of positive cases to six and not seven.

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